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148. Some the gall’d ropes with dawby marline bind,

Or fear-cloth masts with strong tarpawling

coats :

To try new shrouds one mounts into the wind,
And one below their ease or stiffness notes,

Our careful monarch stands in person by,

His new-cast cannons firmness to explore : The strength of big-corn'd powder loves to try, And ball and cartrige sorts for every


Each day brings fresh supplies of arms and men,

And ships which all last winter were abroad;
And such as fitted since the fight had been,
Or new from stocks, were fallen into the road,

The goodly London in her gallant trim,

The Phænix, daughter of the vanish'd old, Like a rich bride does to the ocean swim, And on her shadow rides in floating gold,

152. Her flag aloft spread ruffling to the wind,

And fanguine streamers seem the flood to fire ; The weaver charm'd with what his loom design'd,

Goes on to sea, and knows not to retire,

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153 With roomy decks, her

guns of mighty strength, Whose low-laid mouths each mounting billow

laves : Deep in her draught, and warlike in her length, She seems a sea-wasp flying on the waves.

154. This martial present, piously design'd,

The loyal city give their best-lov'd king : And with a bounty ample as the wind, Built, fitted and maintain’d, to aid him bring,

155. By viewing nature, nature's handmaid, art

Makes mighty things from small beginningsgrow: Thus fishes first to shipping did impart, Their tail the rudder, and their head the prow.

156. Some log perhaps upon the waters swam,

An useless drift, which rudely cut within, And hollow'd first a floating trough became, And cross some rivulet passage did begin.

157 In shipping such as this, the Irish kern,

And untaught Indian on the stream did glide : Ere sharp-keeld boats to stem the flood did learn,

Or fin-like oars did spread from either side.


158. Add but a fail, and Saturn so appear’d,

When from lost empire he to exile went, And with the golden age to Tyber steerd,

Where coin and commerce first he did invent.

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159. Rude as their ships was navigation then

No useful compass or meridian known; Coasting, they kept the land within their ken, And knew no North but when the Pole-star Thone.

160. Of all who fince have us'd the open fea,

Thanthe bold English none more fame have won: Beyond the


and out of heaven's high way, They make discoveries where they see nó sun.

But what so long in vain, and yet unknown,

By poor mankind's benighted wit is fought,
Shall in this age to Britain first be shown,
And hence be to admiring nations taught.

The ebbs of tides and their mysterious flow,

We, as arts elements, shall understand, And as by line upon the ocean go,

Whose paths shall be familiar as the land.

163. Instructed ships fhall fail to quick commerce,

By which remotest regions are ally'd ; Which makes one city of the universe; Where some may gain, and all may be fupply'd.

164. Then we upon our globe's last verge


go, And view the ocean leaning on the sky: From thence our rolling neighbors we shall know, And on the lunar world securely pry.

165. This I foretel from your auspicious care,

Who great in search of God and nature grow; Who best


wife creator's praise declare, Since best to praise his works is best to know.


O truly royal ! who behold the law
And rule of beings in your

maker's mind : And thence, like limbecs, rich ideas draw, To fit the leveli'd use of human-kind.

167. But first the toils of war we must endure,

And from the injurious Dutch redeem the seas. War makes the valiant of his right secure,

And gives up fraud to be chastis'd with ease.

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Already were the Belgians on our coast,

Whose fleet more mighty every day became
By late success, which they did fally boast,
And now by first appearing seem'd to claim.

Designing, subtle, diligent and close,

They knew to manage war with wise delay:
Yet all those arts their vanity did cross,
And by their pride their prudence did betray.

Nor staid the English long ; but well supply'd,

Appear as numerous as the insulting foe:
The combat now by courage must be try'd,
And the success the braver nation show

There was the Plymouth squadron now come in,

Which in the Straights last winter was abroad;
Which twice on Biscay's working bay had been,
And on the midland sea the French had aw'd,

Old expert Allen, loyal all along,

Fam'd for his action on the Smyrna fleet :
And Holmes, whose name shall live in epic song,

While music numbers, or while verse has feet.

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